The mooted all-Irish welterweight fight between Jay Byrne [4(1)-1(0)] and Gerard Whitehouse [5(1)-0] in Dublin next month is now off the table.
An eight round title tussle between the pair had been proposed for the ‘Celtic Clash 2’ card at the National Stadium on Saturday May 27th, and both fighters expressed their desire to do battle.
However, negotiations never got going for the fight on the Leonard Gunning and Tony Davitt-promoted bill, and a line has now been drawn under the clash.
Dubliner Byrne confirmed today that he had set a deadline of yesterday evening for Whitehouse and his manager Davitt to accept the fight and offer a contract – a deadline which passed without an offer.
‘The Negotiator’ Byrne explained that “I have accepted the fight over 3 weeks now and still no contract.”
“Yesterday morning I contacted the promoter to say that I wanted it all cleared up and agreed by 6pm yesterday.”
“Their camp still have not accepted the fight, therefore, as in from 6pm last night, the fight was not agreed or accepted so I will not be fighting Ger on May 27th.”
“The matter is now closed and I wish Ger and his team all the success in the future.”
Byrne will still feature on the Celtic Clash card, however he will first face Rio Olympian Josh Kelly over six rounds this Saturday in Glasgow.
Jay Byrne – The Fighting Irish
Crank Whitehouse – Laszlo Geczo Photography